Inquiry Teacher Guide: Reflections

Reflections reinforce the student goals in the project and give students the option to write a self-assessment. Rubrics, goals, and reflections are connected and give teachers a simple way to assess student work and communicate expectations to students. Reflection grades are separate from project grades and use a complete or incomplete scoring system.

How the Reflection Works

  • Students select the description that represents their performance for each category
  • Optional space is available for student to explain their choice in the rubric
  • For K-2, rubric has a 3-point scale using images for early readers
  • For 3-8, rubric has a 4-point scale with written descriptions defining each score 

Find the Teacher Rubric

  • Navigate to class gradebook
  • Click “Grade This!”
  • Click “Grade & Comment,” then click “Grade”
  • Click “View Rubric Detail”

Grading Student Reflections

  • Navigate to class gradebook and Click “Grade This!”
  • Read through the responses by clicking on each category
  • Click “Grade” • Select the radio button next to “Complete” or “Incomplete”
  • Write an explanation for the grade or comment to the student
  • Press “Submit Grade”
  • A green check mark means complete.
    • A red circle means incomplete. From the Grade window, teachers can reopen the   reflection and withdraw the grade after it is submitted if necessary

Implementation Notes

  • All grading components (teacher rubric, student goals, and reflections) are connected. Each category of the grading scale is described in the teacher rubric using instructional language. The same categories are repeated with grade-appropriate language in the student goals of the Projects and the Reflections.
  • We recommend pointing out the goals tab when starting the project and describing the connection between the project goals and the reflection to your students.
  • Reflections with Spanish audio support can be assigned separately
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